MONMOUTH -- The city council recently approved a zone change that will pave the way for construction of new residential subdivision with up to 45 lots in south Monmouth.
The 6-acre parcel in the 700 block of Warren Street, is owned by Nancy Albin. It was annexed into the city in 2006.
The council voted unanimously to amend Monmouth's comprehensive plan map, and change the land's designation from low-density residential to a mixed-density (MX) zone.
The MX zone allows for a mix of single-family houses, apartments, residential flats and townhouses at a maximum density of nine dwellings per acre. One third of the units must be multi-family or attached single-family buildings.
The designation was created a few years ago to promote a diversity of housing types in Monmouth neighborhoods.
Albin plans to create as many as 45 lots, ranging in size from 1,740 - 8,300 square feet. Fifteen of the lots will be used to erect townhouses, said Mike Danko, one of the developers representing Albin.
The project must undergo a site-plan review process with the city planning commission. Pending that outcome, construction could start in late 2008 or early 2009, said Mark Fancey, community development director.
Building made available
for police/fire training
In other city news, area law enforcement and emergency agencies will conduct exercises in a derelict apartment complex at 159 S. Monmouth Ave. starting in October.
The city purchased the two-story building in August for $107,000 from A.J. Acker of Salem. Officials had revoked the complex's certificate of occupancy in January because of major structural and electrical deficiencies.
The building will be razed sometime in early spring, and possibly used for parking while leasing or development options are discussed, City Manager Scott McClure said.
Until then, the cty council has decided to make the building available to area police and fire agencies for practice operations. The Dallas police Special Response Team and Polk County Fire District No. 1 used the facility for training this month.
The Monmouth Police Department has scheduled active shooter training on Oct. 10. The exercise will simulate a school shooting scenario, complete with faux assailants. The availability of dedicated space - even if it's temporary - for emergency training is a great benefit, Sgt. Kim Dorn said.
"We don't usually have something like this offered to us; we've used City Hall and the (Polk No. 1) fire tower," she said. "But this is a building where we can kick in the doors, go through the windows ... the way we would on a real call if we had to make a dynamic entry.
"This will allow us to make our training be as real as possible, which is what you always aim for," she said.